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Live TV streaming service DirecTV Now this week began expanding support for local stations on its platform, with numerous posts on r/DirecTVNow reporting that local network affiliates for ABC, NBC, and CBS have appeared in cities across the United States.

As pointed out by CordCuttersNews, these affiliates are owned and operated by Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company that owns or operates around 170 TV stations across the country. In November 2017, Nexstar announced that it had reached "mutually satisfactory agreements" with three of the big four networks for participation in live TV streaming services like DirecTV Now and PS Vue, and then throughout 2018 a few local affiliates began trickling out for select cities.

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This week, however, it appears like a wide rollout of local affiliates has begun on DirecTV Now. Over the past 24 hours on Reddit, users have mentioned seeing the following local stations:

CBS
[*]WIAT in Birmingham, Alabama
[*]WIVB in Buffalo, New York
[*]KOIN in Portland, Oregon
[*]WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina
[*]WROC in Rochester, New York
NBC
[*]WCMH in Columbus, Ohio
[*]KXAN in Austin, Texas
[*]WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan
ABC
[*]WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee
[*]WRIC in Richmond, Virginia
[*]WTNH in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut This is far from every local affiliate owned by Nexstar, and there are likely more that have appeared on DirecTV Now and other over-the-top streaming platforms in recent days. The full list of stations owned and operated by Nexstar can be found on the company's Wikipedia page.

The addition of local stations greatly adds to the convenience and value of OTT services, given that without these stations cord cutters don't have the chance to get local news or watch TV shows on one the big four networks (ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS). While services like Hulu and CBS All Access supplement missed shows on many of these networks, they require additional monthly fees to be added on top of the cost of DirecTV Now or PS Vue.

As some Redditors are sharing, the expanded rollout means that many DirecTV Now subscribers in cities like Buffalo and Austin now have access to all of their local channels. CordCuttersNews reports that those Nexstar stations not yet added could still be coming down the line, since some -- including a "handful of NBC affiliates" -- have deals that are not set to be renewed until later in 2018, at which time the OTT-related agreements are expected to be added to contracts with these stations.

DirecTV Now's last big update came in May with the launch of its "True Cloud DVR" in a wide beta. The feature lets subscribers record 20 hours of shows and movies on DirecTV Now, and sync their recordings across devices like the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. The same update also brought a few UI changes that renamed "Watchlist" to "Bookmarks," and aimed to make search more "customizable" so that users spend more time watching shows and less time navigating menus.

Article Link: DirecTV Now Rolling Out Support for Many Local ABC, NBC, and CBS Stations Owned by Nexstar
 
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Xenomorph

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Maybe they should fix the service first before adding anything.

The service mostly works for me. The new "2.0" app has been the biggest pain. Fortunately, they did seem to specifically address two big issues myself and others were having. One was that the app kept signing out. One of my Apple TVs was fine, the other required me to log in every time I used the app. The other issue was that it never remembered the "Favorites" view of the guide. I only use maybe ~10 channels, and I have them added to my favorites. The original app would stay on Favorites, but the new 2.0 app would always default to showing every channel. Brining up the Guide would always include half a dozen extra steps to change its view. Now the 2.0 app stays in Favorites view.

One issue I still have is sometimes the "bottom" channels of the guide never populate with anything. All their boxes are empty, and it won't let me switch to those channels. I have to close out the Guide and then re-open it to make it populate that area.
 
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besler3035

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Whoop-de-do. Service is still riddled with bugs and on-demand content is not updated as often as it is on every other service.

By the way, YouTube TV and Hulu Live already had the Nexstar stations added last month. Would much rather give YTTV my money than the evil corporation that is AT&T.

Also, WOTV 4 was added in Grand Rapids as well (ABC).
 
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farewelwilliams

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The service mostly works for me. The new "2.0" app has been the biggest pain. Fortunately, they did seem to specifically address two big issues myself and others were having. One was that the app kept signing out. One of my Apple TVs was fine, the other required me to log in every time I used the app. The other issue was that it never remembered the "Favorites" view of the guide. I only use maybe ~10 channels, and I have them added to my favorites. The original app would stay on Favorites, but the new 2.0 app would always default to showing every channel. Brining up the Guide would always include half a dozen extra steps to change its view. Now the 2.0 app stays in Favorites view.

One issue I still have is sometimes the "bottom" channels of the guide never populate with anything. All their boxes are empty, and it won't let me switch to those channels. I have to close out the Guide and then re-open it to make it populate that area.

DVR is far from perfect. Since the first day of private beta (last year), the audio in the DVR slightly hiccups. It seems like a small annoyance but when you're trying to watch something, it becomes EXTREMELY annoying. It's never been fixed.

My guess is the person in charge of installing DVR servers completely miscalculated the performance of their hardware and likely is never going to get fixed.
 
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My local CBS affiliate in San Diego is owned by Tegna and was *just* added to DTV Now (this was the only missing local station).

It appears they've started reaching deals with other companies aside from Nexstar as well.
 
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miniyou64

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DirecTV Now was one of the biggest wastes of money ever. I prepaid to get the Apple TV and wow DirecTV Now is bad. Not only is the app horribly designed but everything you want to watch, you’ll be prevented from watching. Every movie or show they promote will require another subscription or hasn’t been aired yet so it can’t be watched. A completely pointless service and App. Cancelling asap.
 
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DVR is far from perfect. Since the first day of private beta (last year), the audio in the DVR slightly hiccups. It seems like a small annoyance but when you're trying to watch something, it becomes EXTREMELY annoying. It's never been fixed.

My guess is the person in charge of installing DVR servers completely miscalculated the performance of their hardware and likely is never going to get fixed.
The sound thing is the absolute worst and definitely makes me avoid using DVR for most dramatic shows, but I kind of just deal with it for stuff like the late night shows/reality tv. Didn't realize it has been an issue for that long :confused:
 
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The service works well for me. The only problem I have is an occasional menu lockup but a restart solves that. Very glad to be picking up both of the two local channels I was missing. More than worth the change from Charter.
 
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They have added the local ABC station here in Salt Lake City. When you use the channel lookup it does not show but it shows up on the guide and I was able to watch it. We now have all 4 locals in our location.
 

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lenard

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Well I have to say that DTVN has been working great for me. I started using the service on day one 11/17 and was not pleased that the service was really unstable. From that point on I have used PlayStation Vue, HULU Live and this year YTTV. I participated in the Beta program for the 2.0 version. My longterm plan was to keep DTVN until they had the DVR and the service was stable and I feel that's where its at now at least for me. Because I had the promo package $35, now $40 it was hard to cancel because the selection of channels fitted my viewing habits. Currently now I am paying $76 per month which includes the 100 channel plus package, a third stream and all the premium channels. Its a whole lot better than the $200 plus I was paying for SAT tv and no contracts or fees per box/TV. I am a happy camper..
 
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My local CBS affiliate in San Diego is owned by Tegna and was *just* added to DTV Now (this was the only missing local station).

It appears they've started reaching deals with other companies aside from Nexstar as well.
Is CW San Diego also added? Since they have the same owner as CBS8.
 
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jkozlow3

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Is CW San Diego also added? Since they have the same owner as CBS8.

No. DTV Now doesn't offer CW in most markets from what I can tell. I tried a bunch of zip codes from different markets in their tool to lookup local channels and most didn't have CW listed.
 
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No. DTV Now doesn't offer CW in most markets from what I can tell. I tried a bunch of zip codes from different markets in their tool to lookup local channels and most didn't have CW listed.
It's in the Atlanta market. Try zipcode 30301
 
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farewelwilliams

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*shrug* Works good here.
i highly doubt DVR is working perfectly for you. even if it is, i find it extremely stupid that if you're recording a show and you're watching it live, you can't rewind or pause (for very long). Only way is to go to your library, then launch the "DVR" version that is currently recording, and THEN you can rewind/pause.

i know it's considered a "beta" feature, but I've been beta testing DVR for over a year and the problems I've reported repeatedly never got fixed.
 
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deeddawg

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i highly doubt DVR is working perfectly for you. [...] i know it's considered a "beta" feature, but I've been beta testing DVR for over a year and the problems I've reported repeatedly never got fixed.

You're either moving the goal posts or you weren't communicating well in your original post:

Maybe they should fix the service first before adding anything.
You're right, the *beta* DVR portion has its hiccups. User interface could be a little easier too. That wasn't what I was talking about though.

What it *does* do for me is it allows me to have television service not only at home but also at a vacation/weekend place -- all for MUCH less than just cable service at home.

Overall the service works well for me and for what I watch. Perfect? Nope. Didn't say it was perfect, so don't put words in my mouth.

I'm not really sure how adding additional local channels has any bearing on the development teams responsible for the DVR beta program, but I get that you're feeling frustrated. Though my experience has been that the DVR has been steadily improving over the past six months.
 
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Maybe they should fix the service first before adding anything.
Service works fine. Maybe fix your equipment first.
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And NFL Sunday Ticket will be added in...2025 or more.

I got my "free" Apple TV from DTVN and cancelled. Netflix and Amazon is enough for me right now.
Why would they add NFL Sunday Ticket? DIRECTV Now isn't DirecTV so you would need the NFL Sunday Ticket app...which is available for Apple TV.
 
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lenard

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i highly doubt DVR is working perfectly for you. even if it is, i find it extremely stupid that if you're recording a show and you're watching it live, you can't rewind or pause (for very long). Only way is to go to your library, then launch the "DVR" version that is currently recording, and THEN you can rewind/pause.

i know it's considered a "beta" feature, but I've been beta testing DVR for over a year and the problems I've reported repeatedly never got fixed.

DTVN does not support live pause and rewind and the pause action is very limited. If you really need live pause and rewind, try YTTV.
 
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